Spelunking - Introduction to Caving

“Join me for an unique adventure you will not soon forget …
Caving or “Spelunking” as many prefer, is an adventure sport that combines many different skills into one amazing experience.
Crawling through tight squeezes, wiggling down tunnels on
your belly or your backside, climbing up walls of rock – these are just a few of the challenges you might find in a cave environment.
Pitch darkness is what makes caving so different from other adventure sports - all of the challenges of movement in a confined space are increased when you have nothing more than a headlamp to guide you true.

Whiting's Neck
The wild caves near Shepherdstown, WV give explorers new to the sport an opportunity to descend into timeless caverns that are home to ancient “speleotherms” or cave structures.
Keep your eyes open and you might see tiny “soda straws,” the beginning stages of stalactite growth. “Flowstone” deposits shaped like ribbon candy and wedding cakes, “cave coral” that looks like burnt popcorn. These are just a few of the formations we might find at Whiting’
s Neck.
At the end of the trip, most people are amazed not only by the beauty of the cave structures, but by the challenges that they have overcome.
Whiting’s Neck cave presents the opportunity to rappel and ascend a rope, squeeze through the “keyhole,” (which only works if you figure out the right combination!) and cross over chasms that drop 30 feet.
A trip through Whiting’s Neck Cave is an opportunity to see and learn about the fragile ecosystem within a limestone cave, while also challenging ones-self physically.

The Cave
The Cave is known as Whiting Neck Cave, (an ecologically dead and growth retarded formation). This means in simple terms that the cave is no longer supporting any bio-diversity or growth, so there is nothing for us to harm or to influence. This allows camping in the cave, along with the introduction of our person biodiversity when we go into the system.
The caves are on WV public land, and therefore open to the public to use at will.
While the cave itself is on a small stretch of public land, the surround area is not, and is a nature preserve. Therefore we must park in the lot and walk to the entrance.
The cave is roughly a .8 mile in horizontal gain and has multitudes of pyrite and carbon deposits to check out. It’s a granite construction (which means no shifting) and is wet as all caves are, but has no flowing water.
There is a grotto in the back that all the camping is done in.
Nice place really...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAFETY DETAILS:
This cave is well traveled and used. While it is not a commercial cave with lighting, there is clear evidence of multiple uses and is a very popular trip.
While there are small keys and crawls, there is no space on the cave that is less than 12 inches across any amount of space. Aka, you aren't going to get stuck in this cave.
The cave is wet, but there is no running water, so there are no concerns of safety there.
This cave is VERY well mapped and has no exteriors leads to other caverns. Aka, there is only one way in and out so you can't get lost...
I will also be following proper LNT and caving guidelines in ICE (ICE- In Case of Emergency). A contact person will be established with knowledge of exact time of departure and number of people along with ETA return date, with GPS Cords and local EMS services contact information.
This isn't to say that anything will happen, but with all serious adventures safety is paramount.
I wouldn't take people in there if I didn't think it was safe.
Gear Require: *MUST HAVE*
1.- Head light (This is a safety issue that has always been drilled)
2.- Helmet - Any type will do, bike, climbing, whit straps so stay in place.
3.- Knee pads are a must, I will recommended hard shell.
4.- Dirty/old clothes that you do not mind getting very dirty and wet. (Need to be long sleeve and long pants of any type.
5. Change of clothes (warm) to change into when you get out.
6. Snacks- as we will be in the cave roughly 6-7 hours
7. 1-2 liters of water per person.
8. Change of Socks
9. Head covering/hat/jacket- You will want it when you stop, as it gets really cold when not moving.
10. Small towel
11. Small pack to put gear in.
This trip doesn't really require anything that you can't get anywhere and there isn't any need for heavy camping gear at exception of rope and climbing harness which I do provide.

This is a straight up bad ass trip.
I like to call these hikes "interest hikes"

Whiting’s Neck cave is a bat habitat in the fall and winter, as
well as home to frogs, crickets, spiders, and the occasional shrew.
When temperatures drop outdoors, the cave maintains a steady 50-55 degrees, making the cave warm in winter (and cool in summer).
Itinerary:
Meet a Rockvile Metro Station at 8:30 AM
9:45 am Arrive at Yankauer Preserve
10:00 am Hike to cave
10:20 am Unload, assign equipment and safety talk
10:30 am Enter cave and exploration
2:30 pm Rotate to next cave or lower chamber using rope, we will go down straight to hell 30 feet.
5:00 pm Exit caves and back to parking lot
6:00 Drive back home.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
If you are claustrophobic this trip is NOT for you.

See you there!
Please email me with any questions.
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CARPOOL:
Don't forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride – be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message!!
Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.
Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.
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Yankauer Preserve GPS coordinates:
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Payment to be on the Pay-To-Play basis.

Using Amazon Payment or Paypal send the amount of $26.06
Trip cost: $25.00 + merchant fee 2.9% = 26.06 ---> Total to be send to [masked]
Thank you and really hope this is not a burden on your daily live.
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Pictures from last trip:
https://picasaweb.google.com/116554298799035819637/SpelunkingIntroductionToCavingDec92012
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  • A former member
    A former member

    Three of us are also running late. 10 minutes. Be there soon!

    April 7, 2013

  • Darwin

    Metro work in my area, coming a little late, PLEASE way for me.
    [masked]

    April 7, 2013

  • Ben

    I can drive people. I'll be coming in from Alexandria (nearest metro stop to me is Van Dorn). I have a Highlander so can take up to four others and still have room in the back for stuff. I'd be leaving around 0700.

    March 28, 2013

    • Tyler

      Sounds good to me

      April 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, see you then..

      April 6, 2013

  • sonia

    Is everyone meeting at Rockville metro, or only those that need a ride, and the whole group is meeting at the preserve?

    April 4, 2013

    • Darwin

      The idea is to meet a Rockville metro and from there we go to he cave but if some one wan to go straight to the preserve is fine to, just make sure to be there at 9:30 AM.

      April 4, 2013

  • Darwin

    I will need a lift from Rockville metro, happy to help whit gas $$

    April 3, 2013

  • Darwin

    Just a heats up - Price comparison whit another group doing this same trip:
    http://local.amazon.com/montgomery-county/B00C1MGLJY?src=email&cid=em_dd_208_101_na_s1_&ref_=pe_254660_29054100

    April 3, 2013

    • Darwin

      and yes, real normal price is $140

      April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a project come up for school that I have to finish by Sunday so I unfortunately cannot go yet again :(

    Also, I (tried and) wasn't able to set up an account to transfer $ either through amazon or paypal - is there another way to pay in the future?

    April 2, 2013

  • Arun M.

    Darwin..let me know if you got my payment

    April 2, 2013

    • Darwin

      Got it, thank you.

      April 2, 2013

  • Darwin

    I did received a payment from Ongward but no idea how she/he may be.

    April 1, 2013

    • Emily

      I'm Emily Smith.

      April 2, 2013

    • Darwin

      All clear now, thank you girls.

      April 2, 2013

  • Darwin

    Home Depot have knee pads ranging from $7 to $25.

    April 2, 2013

  • Arun M.

    Darwin, are all the spots filled. I didnt see the email till now. I need to pay for two.

    April 1, 2013

    • Darwin

      Still space, send the payment to reserve.

      April 1, 2013

  • Darwin

    @ ALL - Please check your email.
    Trip will be limited to 10 person.

    April 1, 2013

    • Ben

      Do we need to update something in particular to confirm?

      April 1, 2013

    • Ben

      Nevermind - just got the other email about payment - will PayPal to you NLT tonight

      April 1, 2013

  • sonia

    i also would like to catch a ride with someone from the Rockville metro please and thank you!

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mind if I catch a ride with someone from the Rockville metro? It will be my first time caving and I'm really looking forward to it!

    April 1, 2013

  • Tyler

    I hope it's ok that I've never done anything remotely close to spelunking before.

    March 30, 2013

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